6 cups water added to large soup pot and brought to a boil
1 Pkg soft or firm tofu (organic is best) cut into small cubes
5 - 6 fresh shiitake mushrooms sliced in slivers
2 fresh green onions sliced very thin
1 carrot, peeled and shaved with potato peeler
5 -6 large leaves of spinach, swiss chard or other leafy green vegetable. Stack the leaves and roll into a cigar shape then slice. the result will be thin leafy green strips
12 generous teaspoons of shiro (white) miso or more to taste or use part Shiro and part Hatcho or Yaemon miso. The last two are unpasteurized and have digestive enzymes that are beneficial. Hatcho is the lowest in salt for those concerned about salt intake.
1 strip of Kombu (seaweed)
How to make it
Bring the 6 cups of water to a boil
Turn heat down to simmer and add the Kombu. Let the Kombu soak for about 5 or 6 minutes.
Remove the Kombu and cut it into small bite size pieces and return to soup pot.
Next, add the Miso and stir until the Miso is blended into the water and there are no lumps.
Slice the onion and reserve the sliced green tops in a bowl to use as garnish.
Add the tofu, mushrooms, add the "white" part of the onion, shaved carrots and chard or spinach leaf strips.
Allow this soup to simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for another 10 to 15 minutes.
NEVER let it boil. This ruins the flavor and the miso. Miso should never be boiled as it kills the enzymes which have digestive benefit.
To retain the color of the greens add them in the last 5 minutes of simmering.
Try adding fresh dandelion greens, they are great for this soup.
Serve immediately and garnish with the sliced green onion tops. Allow those who wish to add additional flavor add a few drops of tamari or soy.
Also, a couple of drops of lemon juice from fresh lemons is an interesting addition.
NOTE: I like to add the Miso last after all the veges are cooked to my satisfaction. (About 10 minutes) This way the healthful properties of the Miso are not cooked away. This soup is still never boiled and I like the veges a little underdone and crunchy and colorful. : )